College to show underwater drawing exhibition

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Come and see our underwater drawing exhibition at Epping Forest College in February and March to find out what happens when you draw underwater.

Students from Epping Forest College (EFC) have curated and produced their own exhibition of drawings, photos and films from their time spent drawing underwater.

The Big Draw Underwater

Exhibition details

  • When – Tuesday 9 February to Thursday 31 March 2016, from 10am to 6pm

  • Where – Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA

The drawings were made in Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool in October 2015, as part of the Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, a nationwide drawing campaign to promote visual literacy.

Drawing in a different environment

Students were experimenting with drawing in a different environment, using special waterproof paper and everyday drawing pencils. The films show each dive to the bottom of the pool where the weighted down paper waited for swimmers to make their marks for as long as they could hold their breath.

EFC students spent time editing the film footage, selecting photographs and drawings for the exhibition. The exhibition will also include work from Davenant Foundation School pupils. It was a chance for creative people to get active and active people to get creative.

This project was delivered in partnership with Epping Forest District Council Museums, Heritage and Culture team and Everyone Active Essex.

#OurDay 2015

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A snapshot of 24 hours in the life of Epping Forest District Council for #OurDay 2015.

Jarvis, Karen and 14 keen cyclists set off on a 10 mile ‘Cycle For Health’ on ‪#‎OurDay‬

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Stroke survivor wins InstructAbility award

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Everyone Active along with Level 3 qualified Exercise and Disability Trainer Lee Cartwright have been presented with an InstructAbility award for their work, setting up a Stroke Survivors fitness group.

The InstructAbility awards is a programme created in 2010 by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and YMCAfit training provider. The award recognises successful partnerships between disabled fitness professionals and their employers.

They engage with disabled people within fitness activities, led by qualified instructors who are experts due to their own experiences. The programme has supported over 200 disabled people to qualify as fitness professionals  and their instructors have contributed 20,000 hours of voluntary service to the leisure industry to encourage more disabled people to feel welcome and supported in the gym environment.

InstructAbility Award

(Photo above Lee Cartwright being presented with his award by Centre Manager Chris McCarthy)

Three and a half years ago Lee Cartwright had a major stroke which left him with left side paralysis. Whilst training to try and regain movement he was disappointed with the lack of support for stroke rehab. This led him to qualify as a gym and disability instructor through the InstructAbility programme and set up his own Stroke Survivors fitness group with Louise Bonfield, a friend who had also had a stroke and suffers from epilepsy.

The group meets every Friday in a fitness studio at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool from 12:00-14:00 and offers accessible fitness sessions, as well as support and a friendly social atmosphere. On Monday and Wednesday, a functional training class also offers exercise sessions for all those with disabilities.

“We are delighted and very proud to have been given the InstructAbility award alongside Lee,” says Everyone Active Centre Manager Chris McCarthy. “He is a fantastic instructor and role model for many people with disabilities, and we hope that the classes will give people with similar conditions the support they need to help them recover.”

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Helen Kane said:

‘’I am absolutely delighted to hear that Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool and Lee Cartwright have been presented with this award. Their commendable work means that stroke survivors in the District are supported by an instructor that understands their condition first hand, encouraging successful rehabilitation. I would like to extend my congratulations to both and thank them for making fitness accessible within the Epping Forest District.’’

More information

Find out more about Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

More information on InstructAbilty


Sports & Creativity Awards

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If you are an individual or arts group aged between 13 and 25 years and have a real talent or interest in sports or the arts, we would like to support you in further developing your skills with our Sports & Creativity Awards.

Ranging from £50 to £1,500, they are designed to support and develop artistic and creative talent in the Epping Forest District.

Sports and Creativity Awards

Further Information

To be eligible for either award you must:

  • Be aged 13 – 25 on the closing date of the applications
  • Live in Epping Forest District (or if at college or university your family home must be in the Epping Forest District)

• Find out more about Creativity Awards

How to apply

• Apply online for a Sports Award 

Application deadline for Sports Award is 30th November

• Apply online for a Creativity Award

Application deadline for Creativity Award is 18th December

or contact us:

For Sports Awards: 01992 564567 /
For Creativity Awards: 01992 564551 /


Disability training course for clubs and coaches

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We are holding a ‘How To Coach Disabled People In Sport’ coaches workshop delivered by Sports Coach UK.

As part of our continued work with local clubs under our Six for All project we are running this training course to allow coaches and clubs of all levels the chance to become more inclusive.

Suitable for all coaches, this workshop aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants and it will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more inclusive and effective.


  • Date: 29 October, 2015
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm
  • Venue: Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1RB

This course is free to coaches from clubs in the Epping Forest district. For coaches outside the district the cost is £10.

For bookings and further information please contact Olivia Worsfold on 07711 014879 / 01992 564220 or email


Epping youth clubs win Jack Petchey awards

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Epping Forest youth clubs were awarded an amazing £4,500 at the Jack Petchey Crystal Awards.

The money was awarded to

The Jack Petchey Crystal Awards at City Hall, London on Friday 2 October 2015 mark the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and the milestone of having invested £100m to youth projects in London and Essex. In a special gesture to mark the occasion £225,000 of grant awards will be given on the night to 150 youth groups specially selected for their outstanding work.

Epping Forest was awarded £4,500

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Matthew Tinker DMYP, Epping Forest Youth Councillor said: “Going up to London’s City Hall and collecting the £1,500 grant on behalf of the youth council was a real privilege! The fact that the youth council is still receiving recognition for the work we are doing is very rewarding – it really tells us that we are doing a good job at representing our 12,000 young persons electorate.”

“The Jack Petchey Foundation has really supported us over the years, I would like to thank them for being so generous and allowing us to complete our projects to their full potential. Mr Jack Petchey himself is a real inspiration for us young people – his generosity is overwhelming! Happy 15th birthday Jack Petchey Foundation!!”

Di Butler, Young Persons Officer said: “It was a big surprise to receive the award and grant for £1500, as it came out of the blue. It was also special that the Jack Petchey team recognised the work of the EFYC and have rewarded us for doing a great job.”

“The timing was really good too as we are organising a Youth  Engagement Day on the 9th October and the grant will cover the costs of the event. We are expecting over 100 young people and their teachers so we have made it even more exciting with the Jack Petchey money.”

Jack Petchey Foundation

The Jack Petchey Foundation is not only a grant funder, it also initiates and delivers many youth programmes to ensure that young people can find their unique talent and make a positive contribution to society including the world’s largest public speaking competition for young people, Speak Out.

At a time when many youth services are being cut the Foundation provides over 2000 organisations with the means to recognise young people’s accomplishments through membership of the Achievement Award scheme. This in turn invests almost £3m per year in grass roots youth work.

The founder, Jack Petchey left school aged 13 with no qualifications yet went on to become a multi-millionaire. His driving ambition has been to inspire and motivate young people and give them positive encouragement to achieve.

Share our vision

Jack Petchey CBE said: “I am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. We aim to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make positive contributions to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives. I am so committed to this that aged 90 I still come to the office every day. It is why we have given £100m to realise this.

The Crystal Awards recognise some of the amazing organisations that support young people and share our vision.”


Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: “As Mayor of London I have seen that the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation is inspirational and really motivates the young people of London and Essex to achieve!”

Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Dame Helen Mirren said “I am so proud to be a Patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation. It truly is inspirational to see so many young lives transformed as they come to believe in themselves and in what they can achieve. Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations.”


World squash day

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Saturday 10 October 2015 is World Squash Day #WSD2015.

To celebrate World Squash Day Epping Sports Centre has free ‘come and try’ sessions for juniors aged 5 to 11 years old from 10am to 1pm – why not give it a go?

World Squash Day poster

Register at reception or call 01992 564564 for more information.


Inclusion Project October half term activities

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The Epping Forest Inclusion Project is running a variety of activities for children and young people with SEND this October 2015 half term. Why not join us for some fun!

Inclusion Project October half term 2015 flyer

Monday 26 October 2015

Own a Pony

  • 10am to 12pm
  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL
  • £20 includes hat hire

Enjoy a morning of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony. Learn how to groom, tack up and feed ‘your’ pony. Limited spaces, must book in advance. This session is only for children or young people with disabilities/SEN. Please wear suitable clothing.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Bounce & Swim

  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £5 (both sessions) £3.50 (for one session)

Come and enjoy an hour of trampolining and an hour of swimming. Book both sessions or just the one that takes your fancy. Parents can swim too! If your child is under 8 you need to be present for the swim session.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Autumn Suntrap Funday

  • 10am to 3.30pm
  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, IG10 4AJ
  • £15 for the first child (additional children £7.50, adults free)

See the forest at its autumn finest and join us for this Halloween theme day. Pumpkin carving, forest trails and lots more. A brilliant day whatever the weather. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear. Limited spaces must book in advance. Parents must stay if child is under 5.

Thursday 29 October 2015

Booster Cushion performs Hansel, Gretal & You…Who?

  • 11am
  • Loughton Library-First Floor (Jazz Archive), Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £5 per child (adults free)

This really is fun for all the family. Come and hear the unique story of Hansel and Gretal. With help from the audience can you save them from the Candy House and the Ginger Witch! This is a fast funny show with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Friday 30 October 2015

Yogini Tinies – Play, Learn & Share Workshop

  • 10am to 2pm
  • The Limes Centre, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £6 per child

Learn yoga the Yogini Tinies way-through story telling, music and creative play. This fun interactive session will help improve you child’s posture, core strength and muscle tone. Siblings welcome. Limited spaces must book in advance.

Inclusion Project booking information

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)


October half term activity camps for kids

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Don’t let your kids get bored the October half term, our Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities!

Activity Camps October half term 2015 flyer

  • When – Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
  • Where – Debden House Conference & Camping Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ
  • Time – 8.45am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am)
  • Cost – £16 per day /concessions £8.50 per day

Children should dress ready in casual sporty clothing ready to take part in a whole host of exciting activities. A packed lunch is needed.

Activity Camp booking information

Activity Camp places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Activity Camps is the new Playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council.

For any further information on the above activities please do not hesitate to contact the Community Health and Wellbeing Team on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.